News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Metro RTA

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Who pays when judges remove children from homes?
One Cuyahoga judge is approaching it differently than her peers
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
In The Region:

A Cuyahoga County judge is ordering all parents to pay child support when their children are taken away by the state. But not all court officials agree that’s the best course.

Juvenile Judge Kristen Sweeney says Ohio law requires judges to address child support in all cases.  But other Cuyahoga County judges rarely order payments from parents when they remove a child because of neglect or abuse.

Tammy Chapman-Wagner is deputy director of Cuyahoga County’s Children and Family Services.  She agrees with what Sweeney is doing.

CHAPMAN-WAGER on parental responsibilities

Other options:
MP3 Download (0:17)


“I think it’s a good thing for parents not to forget that they have a responsibility for their children. They still have rights and responsibilities to support their children, and part of that is to financially take care of their children to the best that they can, whether that’s $10 a month or $100 a month, … whatever they can pay. ”

Chapman-Wagner says the payments help offset the county’s foster care costs.  But opponents say the support orders can slow  re-unification of parents with their children because it’s an added burden on poor families. 

Sweeney and other court officials are discussing ways to make the payments a regular part of most custody cases. Most other Ohio counties consistently include child support in juvenile cases.

Listener Comments:

I absolutely agree with the judge here. The people who have caused the problem should do what they can to offset the tax burden they are causing the rest of us. They should pay their fair share, or as close to it as possible.


Posted by: J. Miller (Madison, OH) on January 4, 2013 9:01AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Legalized marijuana is a boon for a Cleveland-area grow light maker
Great article and on a similar note, Nano Technology grow lights just hit the market and grows the plants 3/4 inch faster per day than the double ended 1000w. ...

Ohio to appeal ruling keeping Akron's red light cameras in place
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. If you don't like tickets drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It's really all up to you.

Letters from a lost friend: A Beachwood survivor's Holocaust remembrance
What a great story -- and how important it was for both Marlene and her mother to tell it! Thank you.

Akron city council to vote on resolution for hiring ex-offenders
Great as a taxpayer I paid for the police to catch them, the free lawyer, the jail to house them , the food their kids eat the medical for them and all its goin...

5 of 8 rule headed for a vote
this is just another way for kasich to pass the buck and claim that it gives the local districts control. Few schools have enough money because of his cuts. T...

Bill would allow Ohio religious leaders to refuse to do gay marriages
This is just a lot of political posturing. The free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment already protects clergy from being forced by civil authorities to perfo...

Ohio lawmakers want to eliminate background checks, training to carry guns
On the face of this report I don't find the name of the bill or who sponsered it. I will have to google a general bill with this as its content to address it. N...

Ohio lawmaker calls for an investigation into a Dayton women's prison
I was an inmate at DCI and I am so happy that it's being investigated. The staff behavior there is awful unless he/she is your lover. There are more drugs insid...

Ohio's disabled face long waiting list for services
Can we use the Tribble on Disability Care? if so can you send the link to http://voice4thevoiceless.us thank you, Mark J Cleland Sr voice4thevoiceless.us

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University